Solstice Dance

From Wind Repertory Project
Jack Wilds

Jack Wilds

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: II 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Experience a magical winter solstice ceremony at the megalithic Newgrange site in Ireland. A smooth, mystical introduction leads to a hypnotic dance groove as open fifths, driving drones and percussion ostinatos give the piece an ancient feel. Eventually the music builds one final time as it barrels to the powerful conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher

Solstice Dance is a depiction of what I imagine a winter solstice ceremony might look like at the megalithic passage tomb at Newgrange in Ireland. The passage tomb is a structure constructed of massive rocks that create a tunnel into a dark chamber. When the sun rises on the winter solstice each year, the light strikes the doorway and creates a single beam of light that stretches down the length of the passageway, terminating in a small alcove. In order to achieve this aesthetically striking effect, the neolithic people of Newgrange labored for generations dragging stones across daunting hills without the aid of wheels. The people who began this project were never able to see it come to fruition.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth) Concert Band (Matthew Garrett, conductor) - 28 April 2021
  • Mukwonago (Wisc.) High School Symphonic Band (Emma Angoli, conductor) – 11 December 2019
  • Mahoosuc Community Band (Bethel, N. H.) (Patricia Boyle Wight, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Concert Band (Ethan Streeter, conductor) – 24 April 2017
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Stacey Larson Dolan, conductor) - 18 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)

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